There is something so magical about traveling. The togetherness, spontaneity, that magical feeling that anything is possible.. and yet we never seem to travel as often as we would like. This Seattle trip was embarrassingly our first big trip in almost a year and our first trip with Jessamyn. People had warned me that you would do less or face limitations when having a small child but honestly all I can say after this experience is I would do it every day if I could. The magic and wonder is 100 times greater with a new pair of little eyes seeing everything for the first time and I will probably continue to look through these trip photos everyday for the rest of the summer just taking in the excitement and awe on her little face.
There were several aspects to this trip that I think really set us up for success. One of these (I mentioned in my previous post) was our Osprey Pack. We are not sponsored by Osprey but Oh I wish we were because I will be singing their praise probably forever. A lot of our travel involved being in spaces with crowds and just the big city hustle and bustle... having a pack vs. a stroller was such a life saver for us and made the whole trip so much more convenient and manageable.
The second aspect of this trip that really helped was that we did not have a set agenda. We had a list of places (see below for some of them) that we wanted to get to but didn't plan these out day to day and just went with the weather or the grumpiness of our tiny. This really came in handy when a spur of the moment instagram meet up happened and one day on the trip when it was really rainy so we stuck to coffee shops and indoor activities. I feel like traveling with a toddler having a relaxed schedule really helps because you can take a step back and move at their pace without feeling like you are missing out.
One thing we always do on trips is find all the best local tea and coffee stops and sometimes even local major coffee chains. I feel like there is such a culture around coffee and tea and finding these spots can really help you understand a city better, meet some really awesome people, and on a very basic level get a fabulous beverage and the occasional baked good. Doing this with a toddler was even more fun because I swear she will be a coffee and tea sniffing expert by the time she is old enough to drink the beverages. Seattle is also a really dreamy and rainy city so this worked out really well for us on our trip and led to a lot of quiet mornings and cozy conversations with complete strangers.
Sorry I had to include a crumpet picture. I don't know what it is about them but I am completely obsessed particularly with the lemon curd ones... seriously such a wonderful food and I have never been able to duplicate the exact taste or texture at home!
Also the gum wall because we had never been and I did not even realize how much of a thing it truly is but oh my goodness there was so much used gum it was so disgusting and yet fascinating and almost beautiful.
I think the thing I will carry away from this trip and really all of our future wanderings is just the sense of togetherness and closeness it brings. I watched Jessamyn grow so much closer to Ben on this trip... so much so that when we would be out somewhere if she couldn't see him she would yell "da da" until he came back into view.
Life can be so overwhelming and the day to day can really swallow up these little beautiful moments and experiences. Traveling for me, always brings this to the forefront and almost refocuses my gaze and allows me to see my self and my family in such a new and fresh way. I know Jessamyn is not old enough to remember this trip but I sincerely hope that she will look at the pictures and here the stories and know that she is so loved and that we are seeking beauty and experiencing life together.
If you have any travel experiences, Seattle experiences, or just general thoughts please feel free to share them in the comments. Also to see more of our adventures this summer make sure you are following along on snap or instagram!